February 9, 2016
Contact: Lauren Laake (832) 393-3008
Houston City Council Member Dave Martin Schedules
CIP Town Hall Meeting for Southeast Houston/Clear Lake Residents
Houston, TX - Houston City Council Member Dave Martin will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Space Center Houston located at 1601 NASA Road 1. Residents are invited to attend to hear from city and community representatives about ongoing capital improvement projects, local issues and community news related to the Southeast Houston and Clear Lake areas of District E.

In addition to the regularly scheduled city department representatives who annually present from Public Works and Engineering, Rebuild Houston, Houston Parks and Recreation, and General Services, newly elected Mayor Sylvester Turner will also be attending and speaking to the audience about the financial state of the city and the looming budget deficit he and City Council will have to tackle this next fiscal year. 
"I am excited to have Mayor Turner in District E and thank him for taking an interest in the community," Council Member Martin said. "As Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Subcommittee on Debt Financing and Pensions, I know we as a council have a large task on our hands of passing a structurally well-balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2017 while maintaining the integrity of city services, and I look forward to working with the mayor on this forthcoming task." 
Council Member Martin has also invited Steven David, a representative from the Mayor's Economic Development Division, to give an overview of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZs) as much discussion has revolved around the potential of creating a TIRZ in the Clear Lake area. Additionally, Bob Mitchell from the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, who has worked closely with the city on the issue of storm surge protection, has been asked to present an update on the coastal barrier concept that has been designed and is currently being studied to protect the region's coastline and residents in Houston's Bay Area from storm surge.

The city's Planning Department additionally will address the audience regarding the Planning Masterplan and will give an update on the city's Bike Plan, a 12-month planning effort to update the City's Comprehensive Bikeway Plan originally adopted in 1993.   
For more information, please contact Council Member Martin's office at (832) 393-3008.